Monthly Archives: October 2011

What We Talked About Then

I thought I would put together a few comments/notes from the series of talks at Five Years the other week, these follow on specifically from Chris Knight’s presentation on the origins of language and why chimps can’t talk.

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After the Car Crash

Here are the texts that the presentations that John Cussans, Andrew Cooper and I made at the ‘It Started With a Car Crash’ event at the Slade on the 18th October were based on.

Andrew Cooper – The Mask of Freedom

John Cussans – The Paradoxes of Protest

Jon Trayner – Not a Manifesto

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Design for a Beer Mat for Pubs Near Art Galleries

A number of free-schoolers will be speaking at this event on Tuesday. John Cussans will be speaking about The Paradoxes of Protest Pedagogy in a ‘Research Culture’, Andrew Cooper will be talking about politically engaged art work drawing on his experiences with the Portman and Communist Galleries, Jon Trayner will be speaking about the uncertainties generated by his ‘This is not a Manifesto’ reading and Dean Kenning will give a short talk about his work for TATE education.

The event is free and open to all. Space is limited however to about 200 people. So if you would like to come along please email David Burrows at

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Block the Bridge/Block the Bill

What Should We Talk About Now Then?

Five Years, Sunday 16th October 12-6pm

 Free School and the Communist Gallery have been asked to present a day of activities for Five Years This is not a School. It was decided that the focus of this should be language, not least because of the slippery nature of the words ‘Free’ and ‘Communist’

The programme starts at 1pm, the gallery will be open from 12pm to allow visitors to view associated material.

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